Tahlka News Bureu
JAISELMER: Four truck drivers were brutally beaten late on Sunday in Barmar city in Rajasrthan after the 5 trucks were stopped by a mob of 'gau rakshaks' (cow vigilantes) on national highway creating a ruckus. One truck was set a blaze by the mob and blocked the National Highway 15 for nearly three hours.
A group of Tamil Nadu Animal Husbandry Department officials were also beaten along with the truck drivers who were transporting cattle to Sivaganga is the southern state as part of a breed improvement programme.
Police rescued the group from a mob of 250 gau rakshaks, who suspected that the cows were being smuggled out for slaughter. "Around 250 cow vigilantes created a lot of ruckus and stopped these 5 trucks in the middle of the city".
Two months ago in a similar case, Pehlu Khan was killed by a mob of 'gau rakshaks' in Rajasthan's Alwar district while he was transporting cows for his dairy in Mewat, Haryana. A group of 20 men was transporting 50 cows and 30 calves in five trucks.
Police have registered a case against more than 50 people on charges of assault, deterring public servants from discharge of their duties and under the National Highways Act. The police who dispersed the crowd were attacked by stone pelting mobs with stones forcing a lahicharge to clear the highway in which four men - China Ram, Kamlesh, Vikream and Jaswant were later arrested.
Seven police officials, including a Station House Officer Jai Ram, were sent to Police Lines in disciplinary action for dereliction of duty and reaching the spot late.
Trucks were later taken to the police station and t he animals sent to cow shelter. Two of the cows ran away during the ruckus and are now missing.
According to the police officials, "Though the miscreants initially anted to set fire to the trucks, they did not do so since they were carrying cattle. Through the veterinarian showed them appropriate documents and the trucks had banners, the men did not believe them and beat them (the officials) up. The staff are badly shaken and scared. However, the (Barmer) district administration has been very helpful and cooperative," a Tamil Nadu official said. Barmar Superintendent of Police Om Preakash Ujjwal said that the cattle were being transferred to District Livestock Farm, Chettinad, under the Rajasthtriya Gokul Mission to improve the cattle breeds. The animals were purchased from Changhan, Lathi, Dholia and Bhadaria villages in Jaiselmer district.
Cattles are usually transported at night to avoid the heat. "They leave by 4 pm and travel tell the next morning covering 500 to 600 kms and then rest till the evening," an official explained.However the cattle's will be moved after arranging for trucks and as and when appropriate. The DSPs of both the States are in touch and are coordinating the operation.